Laura Smith Ph.D.

Professor & Chair, English
English | School of Humanities and Social Sciences


  • Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin with Portfolio in Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • M.A. University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A. College of William and Mary in Virginia

Professional Experience

  • Professor, English, Stevenson University, 2021-present
  • Associate Professor, English, Stevenson University, 2016-2021
  • Assistant Professor, English, Stevenson University, 2010-2016


Poetry and poetics; contemporary American poetry; African American literature and theory; LGBTQ literature and theory; history of poetic form.



  • Sonnets from the American: An Anthology of Poems and Essays. Co-edited with Dora Malech. University of Iowa Press, 2022.


  • \”Texuality in a Jazz Aesthetic: Textual Rituals for Transformation in Sharon Bridgforth\’s love conjure/blues.\” Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 46, 2 (Summer 2021).
  • “From Rupture to Remembering: Flesh Memory and the Embodied Experimentalism of Akilah Oliver.\” Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 35, 2 (Summer 2010): 103-120. (Republished in The Akilah Oliver Memorial, Belladonna Press, 2011.)
  • Co-editor of Special Issue, “Bridging the Gap: Emerging Scholars, Emerging Forms of Scholarship.\” Reflections: Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy 7, 3 (Summer 2008).


  • Shape-Shifting Researches 1,\” Rogue Agent 66 (Summer 2020).
  • “Unstruck,\” “Turn,\” Ruminate Magazine 41 (2016).
  • “Dress,\” Bone Bouquet 7.1 (2016).
  • “Good Friday,\” “Balasana as a Means of Travel,\” “Daylight Savings.\” PANK: Emerging and Experimental Poetry & Prose 8.11 (2013).
  • “Descending to A.\” Performance adaption of Alice Notley’s The Descent of Alette. Cohen New Works Festival, University of Texas at Austin, September 2008.
  • “California,\” “Her Skin Returning,\” “From Spruce to Chestnut,\” Monday Night 3, Spring 2005.
  • Fault/Lines. Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Aug-Sept 2002. With Ronald Carter, Susan Phillips, Denise Valentine, Irma Bauer.
  • Cold Cradle: Cocaine, Missiles, Pop Culture, and Peanuts. Philadelphia Fringe Festival Adjudicated Selection. Philadelphia, PA. Aug-Sept 2001. With Ronald Carter, Susan Phillips, Julia Moreno, and Mattie O’Boyle.


  • ENG 224. Introduction to Creative Writing.
  • ENG 225. Forms of Poetry.
  • ENG 230. Critical Approaches to Literary Study I.
  • ENG 281. African American Performance on Page, Stage, Screen.
  • ENG 281. The Graphic Novel and Visual Literature.
  • ENG 281. LGBTQAI+ Literature and Culture
  • ENG 287. Literary Genres: Poetry.
  • ENG 326. Poetry Workshop.
  • ENG 337 Advanced Writing: Grant Writing.
  • ENG 338 Writing for Professions: Health Professions.
  • ENG 353. Contemporary American Literature.
  • ENG 381. Rebels and Revolution: Protest Lit.
  • ENG 385. Epic Vision and Revision.
  • ENG 385. Sex and Death: The Sonnet Since Shakespeare.
  • ENG 401. Major Author: Toni Morrison.
  • ENG 401. Major Author: Langston Hughes.


  • Co-organizer, Sonnets from the American Symposium, October 1-3, 2020
  • Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities Scholars Institute, 2015
  • Artist Residency, Marble House Project, 2014
  • Founding Director, Stevenson Summer Writers\’ Workshop, 2013-2017
  • Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies (TILTS) Fellow, 2012
  • John Lovas Memorial Weblog Award, Kairos, 2010
  • O’Neal Award for Graduate Excellence, 2010
  • Cohen New Works Festival Seed Grant, 2008
  • PAGE Fellow, Imagining America, 2008

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